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Telling Stories: Past and Present

April 26 May 25, 2006

“Telling stories is an ongoing theme in my quest for that which is relevant to maintaining a connection to my life as well as to others.”

ESPACE TROIS, Montreal, April 10, 2006 – Espace Trois is very pleased to present eleven works
by Montreal artist Marilyn Rubenstein. The exhibition includes oil on canvas paintings both large and small. An installation with wooden table and chair which has been developing from 2001 until 2006, early books, notes and lists from 1995 to 99, and three works from 1992 entitled Messages which are constructed paintings on canvas and wood using acrylic and oil.

One of the artist’s newest paintings and the largest in the exhibition dominates the gallery and greets visitors when they enter. Entitled Morning Conversation the artist began this new work by painting the letters of a significant word on the canvas. These letters form the shapes which she then painted over, in, and around until the images on her canvases invite participation from the viewer to unearth meaning in the underlying layers. The viewer will see vividly coloured brushstrokes of oil paint interweaving rhythmically over the surface of this six by twelve foot canvas.

In the large eight by twelve foot black and white installation Never Ending Stories Rubenstein alternates between telling personal stories, then hiding the information or revealing it. Her signature is always part of the developing tangle of lines. The artist has gradually developed a personal visual expressionism based on stories from her own life.

Although her subject matter is of a highly emotional character, it is her bold, vigorous brushwork, emphatic lines, and bright colour that produce these powerful canvases. Organized and expressive, full of intense feelings, her work shows the result of research into the emotional and psychological properties of colour, line, and shape first explored by the Russian painter Vassily Kandinsky. The artist’s expression of subjective feelings can be traced back to German Expressionist painting where conscious composition combined with subconscious improvisations.

VERNISSAGE: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 from 5 to 8 pm
The artist will be present

MARILYN RUBENSTEIN obtained her Masters degree in Art Education from McGill University in 1988 and has taught painting and drawing while continuing her personal exploration into non-figurative painting and installation for the past thirty years. This will be her second solo exhibition in Espace Trois.

Espace Trois is an exhibition space of the School of Fine Arts within the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts devoted to exhibiting work by artists who teach in the School of Fine Arts as well as the Advanced Atelier members.

Information: Doreen Lindsay, Coordinator of Exhibitions (514) 932-6688